Ruminate's Role in this Moment

Ruminate's Role in this Moment

June 03, 2020

To the Ruminate Community:

At the beginning of the pandemic, we recognized Ruminate's role as a connector across distance and time. We leaned into this role with Happenings just a few short weeks ago, not only acknowledging lived experiences but transforming them into art. Creating, naming the truth of living in this world as our whole selves, and bringing not-yet realized futures to life is what we do. 

We are in a time of unmaking and unmasking. 

The police brutality and the heaviest burdens of the pandemic have fallen hardest upon people of color and most especially Black people. One of our roles as individuals is to dedicate space to listen to those who name this truth with uncompromising honesty—the grief, the pain, the anger, the sorrow. Another is to transform this listening into self-reflection and from reflection into action. To do things that you can do even if they seem too small to make a difference. We know better than most how doing small things with great love can change the world. 

The world is full of stories of Black pain, but the Black experience is far, far greater than that. So as an organization, Ruminate Magazine has a slightly different role to play in this moment. We have dedicated ourselves to voices that speak to the breadth of the human experience and as a result we have been fortunate to have Black authors, poets, and artists trust us with their work.  Over the days and weeks to come, we will be sharing these Black voices in all of their fullness—the joy, the depth, and the truth of Black life. 

This is not to say that we will shy away from the difficult conversations. Sofronia's Quiet Truth challenges us to ask "If we are brave enough to see and accept, what we will we do about it?" Gyasi Bing calls us to use our anger to take action. These are hard and necessary aspects of our work. But just as necessary is the celebration of Black creativity and Black joy. That is the work that will strengthen us for the long days ahead.

Sincerely,
Keira Havens


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